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Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley Has A Telling Comment On NFL Speculation

Lincoln Riley staring across the field as Oklahoma's head coach.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has been mentioned as a possible candidate for an NFL job, with the Cleveland Browns being named as a potential destination.

Riley, though, doesn't appear to be interested in leaving Oklahoma anytime soon.

The Sooners' head coach said following his team's loss to No. 1 Alabama that he doesn't view the NFL as a "step up."

"I don’t see that as a step up, not in this profession. It’s not a burning desire of mine by any stretch right now. Not even close. It doesn’t even compare to my burning desire to win a national championship here," Riley told reporters.

Riley, 35, is in his second season as Oklahoma's head coach.

The Sooners have gone 24-4 in Riley's two seasons as head coach, making the College Football Playoff both years.

Oklahoma will likely be a championship contender in the Big 12 again next season, though the Sooners will need to replace Kyler Murray.

Georgia five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields is reportedly considering Oklahoma as a transfer option.